This week, half of the office staff is off attending conferences learning new and exciting ideas to bring back to HCRJ. As Rabbi Gross attends the CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis) convention in Atlanta and Hilary Kamin attends classes through the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute in Chicago, we (Melissa and Justin) are busy holding down the fort here at home.
Over the last week, the walls of the synagogue have been filled with learning, socializing, food, mitzvot and laughter. Between Yoga, Mah Jongg, our new Sage-ing Circle class, the aniMeals on Wheels social action project, Watercolor Class, the Interest Group and Easter egg stuffing, there has not been a moment of quiet.
Last Friday, we continued our 60th Anniversary celebration with an Irish Shabbat that celebrated the heritage of Irish Jewry. Over 75 members enjoyed a meal together and then we gathered for a beautiful Shabbat service highlighted by special music and a sermon by Robert Cremins.
As we continue the 60th celebration, we hope you will join us for the remaining programs:
Sunday, April 2 – Bowling Party
Saturday, April 15 – Spring Cars, Coffee and Conversation
Sunday, April 23 – Mah Jongg Game Day
Saturday, May 13 – Afternoon Tea at Brennan’s
Saturday, May 20 – 60s Party
And though we have spent much of the last week making coffee for these wonderful activities, watching the temple buzz with such life and community brings a sense of pride that we are honored to be a part of.
Melissa Wolfson and Justin Deutsch
Executive Director and Program Coordinator & Office Administrator